As for the lyrics which feature lines about “It's too late for the revolution/ Brace for the final solution" Bellamy says this nihilism came from watching US news stations. “We're living in an age where these sort of ideologies, people's belief systems, whether they are true or false, are getting a lot of air time, especially ones on the false side. I think that we're living in an unusual period where a lot of airtime is being given to crazy ideas. The flip side is that we're living in a time where pointing out someone's inaccuracies, using science for example, is becoming increasingly difficult. Sometimes it's even perceived as an insensitive thing to do.”
And the name of the song, “Thought Contagion” looks to be a direct reference to how this misinformation is penetrating into people’s minds and causing them concern. “It's about how other people's false belief systems can infect your own and sometimes even affect your feelings.” Bellamy muses.